Wage And Salary Issues Union Vs. Non Union Workers

1308 WordsApr 28, 20176 Pages
In this research paper I will be discussing how unions help all workers when it comes to salary and wages. Unions have a substantial impact on the compensation and work lives of both union and non-union workers. I found a report where current data on unions effect on wages, benefits, total compensation, pay inequality and workplace protections. But I will be focusing on two areas in this paper, and that is wage and salary issues union vs non-union workers. What is a union? A labor union is an organization that acts as an intermediary between its members and the business that employ them. The main purpose of labor unions is to give workers the power to negotiate for more favorable working conditions and other benefits through collective…show more content…
With a non-union job, the employer on average, union workers are more likely to enjoy better benefits compared to non-union employees. That includes health, retirement accounts, and paid sick leave. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 77 percent of union workers get pensions (guaranteed continued payments) after they retire from the job, compared to only 20 percent of non-union workers. Again, union representatives work out these details as a part of the collective bargaining agreement with the employer can set the wage without any formal bargaining process or input from the employee. As we look at union and non-unions I found a couple of disadvantages in being in a union that I found interesting. First one is system of abuse When they were first established, labor unions served a wonderful purpose. The working conditions in factories during the late 1800’s were horrible, and the pay was just as bad. Labor unions helped to stop this abuse of laborers. However, in today’s modern times, the labor union systems are greatly abused. People know exactly what their company can and cannot fire them for. All of the loop holes have been exposed and exploited with labor unions. The next disadvantage I found was hard workers are devalued, fair wages mean that all employees of the same level are paid the same. This is very bad for a business because some workers simply deserve higher pay than others. When there is no possibility of division, then no one strives to be
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